Australia Day in Junee

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Official Australia Day Ceremony

Australia Day is a day to reflect, respect and celebrate the Australian spirit and the best of this country – our mateship, our nation and our people — it is an opportunity to open our hearts, respect our differences, and celebrate our strength, our generosity and our strong sense of community.

Join us as we celebrate Australia Day in the Junee Shire at the Official Australia Day Ceremony. Held at the beautiful Athenium Theatre, 89 Broadway Street, Junee.

Jail Break Fun Run

Australia Day Colouring Competition

Prizes for the winners in each category:

Sheets available from Junee Shire Council, Junee Library and the Junee Recreation & Aquatic Centre. Return completed sheets to Junee Shire Council by Friday, 13 January, 2023. Winners will be advised by phone and announced at the Autralia Day Official Ceremony.

Australia Day Awards

Australia Day Awards are celebrated on January 26 each year following nominations from the community in the following categories:

  • Citizen of the Year – A person 26 years of age or over who has given conspicuous service to an organisation or the community generally, or to specific causes.
  • Young Citizen of the Year – The criteria is the same as for Citizen of the Year, however the person nominated must be under 25 years of age as at 1 January 2022. Of necessity, the emphasis need not be on longstanding contributions. Consideration will also be given to acts of compassion, generosity, bravery, etc.
  • Sports Award of the Year –  recognises outstanding achievement by an individual in the feld of sport be it as a participant, administrator or behind the scenes contributor.
  • Art & Culture Award of the Year – recognises outstanding achievement or community engagement by an individual in the field of art and culture.
  • Team of the Year – recognises outstanding contribution by a team/group in the Junee Shire. This may be related to the general community, sports, the arts, health, youth or other organisation.

Australia Day Award Winners

YearCitizen of the YearYoung Citizen of the YearSports AwardArt & Culture AwardTeam of the Year
2023Gail CommensJackson White Noel & Edna Poynter Francis Griffin Junee Rescue Squad
YearCitizen of the YearYoung Citizen of the YearSports AwardJunior Sports AwardVolunteer Team of the Year
2022 Maree Allamby  Jason Barrett Grace Holaj Junee Roundhouse Museum
2021 John Foord Oliver Phillips Steve Gentle Bailey Willis Junee Business and Trades
2020 Maria Turner Harrison Fahy Cameron Hart Ellouise Drew Old Junee Hall & Progress Association
2019 Julie Shepherd Mae-Rose Harrison Junee Men’s Bowling Club Grade 4 Pennant Team Jaxson Allen Junee Community Power Inc.
2018 Jackie Starr Zyon Shepherd  Brooke Harpley Junee Community Transport Volunteer Drivers
2017 Norm Bray Nastarsha Miller Junee Men’s Bowling Club Grade 6 Pennant Team Hayley Hackett Phil & Lola Cummins – Schoolboys Football Carnival
2016 Harry Thompson Jackson Bennett Tristen Ross Abbey Field Roundhouse Museum
2015 Darby AsmusEbony BecquetEdna PoynterMolly TurtonOpen Kitchen
2014 Adrian Eisenhauer Georgia Logan Dominic Shepherd Tamsyn Scott 
2013 Estella Hyde Aiden Harrison Julie Shepherd Cameron Hands 
2012 Patrick Foley Jade Belling Bryan Purse Sean Smith 
2011 Eileen Thomas Alana Jacobson Sonia Commins Billie-Rose Deacon 
2010 Dennis Sullivan Adam Jacobson Noel Lawson Xenia Brookes 
2009 Edward (Ted) Drum  Joshua Whitty Elise Smith 
2008 John Strudwick Megan Callow Nathan Jacobson Junee High School Open Rugby League Football Team 
2007 Martin Honner Joshua Bennett Paul McCarthy St Joseph’s Primary School Rugby League Team 2006 
2006 Robin Cuttle Rebecca Spink John Clune Andrew Heffernan 
2005 David Carter Phillipa Nell Daniel Halliburton Simon Drum 
2004 John Higginson Sophie Cooper Martin HolmesSamuel Clune 
2003 Keith Hargraves Grant Higginson Stephen Guthrie Michael Dobson 
2002 Margaret Schubach  Phillip Kearins Jnr Peter Hill